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40th Infantry Division Artillery

40th Infantry Division Artillery The Sunburst Division Artillery of the California ARNG is actively supporting the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) while simultaneously maintaining section- and battery-level proficiencies. In November 2002, 1-144 FA mobilized in support of Operation Armored Falcon to provide security for nine active Air Force and Air Reserve Bases throughout California. Currently, […]

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FCS 20-ton cannon in 2008 fact or fiction?

FCS 20-ton cannon in 2008 fact or fiction? Charles J. Major Emerson In the 1920s while reviewing the artillery developments of World War I, Lord Alanbrooke lamented the competing demands of artillery mobility and lethality. He drew upon the artillery lessons from the preceding war and the earlier Boer War: artillery had to be mobile […]

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Task Force Fire Support Evolution: FIST Employment Concepts

Task Force Fire Support Evolution: FIST Employment Concepts – fire support team vehicle R. Reed Anderson Time and time again brigade combat teams (BCTs) at the Combat Maneuver Training Center (CMTC) in Hohenfels, Germany, learn the cruel reality that the fire support team vehicle (FIST-V) is an outdated target acquisition (TA) platform. The reason for […]

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2003 Senior Fire Support Conference dates set

2003 Senior Fire Support Conference dates set Planning is underway for the next Senior Fire Support Conference (SFSC) at the Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, Oklahoma, 22-24 October. Army and Marine FA commanders and their command sergeants major will meet 21 October before the main conference begins. The 2003 Henry Knox and Alexander Hamilton Awards […]

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Historical recounting of Marne Thunder in OIF

Historical recounting of Marne Thunder in OIF Robert W. Rooker While artillerymen argue the validity of artillery battle damage assessment (BDA) in forums everywhere, the spirit of the slide remained unquestioned–the artillery battle was truly a one-sided victory for Coalition Forces. The 3d Div Arty fought hard during the 21-day invasion of Iraq, providing timely […]

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HIMARS for rapidly deployable rocket and missile fires – high-mobility artillery rocket system

HIMARS for rapidly deployable rocket and missile fires – high-mobility artillery rocket system – Brief Article Lawrence J. Abrams In the early 1990s, the Army recognized a deficiency in supporting light and early entry forces with rocket and missile fires. The high-mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS) was developed to meet the requirement for a lighter […]

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TLP for Light Company Fire Support Planning for the Defense – Troop-Leading Procedures – Brief Article

TLP for Light Company Fire Support Planning for the Defense – Troop-Leading Procedures – Brief Article – Column Jeffrey A. Mubarak The modern-day fire supporter must use troop-leading procedures (TLP) to systematically complete all preparations for light company defensive operations in a timely manner. Priorities of work, when combined with TLP, organize and unify the […]

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120-mm mortar battery in Afghanistan

B/3-6 FA: 120-mm mortar battery in Afghanistan James W. Huffman, III A new day dawns in Afghanistan, and the Bravo Battery Bulls are up and running to contribute to America’s Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) in nontraditional ways. Although the battery was deployed to Afghanistan for nine months, its adventure began one year earlier. Bravo […]

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The 19th BCD in counterinsurgency operations

The 19th BCD in counterinsurgency operations James M. Waring The 19th Battlefield Coordination Detachment (BCD) is “on point” in Central Command’s (CENTCOM’s) area of responsibility (AOR) and is integrated at the top of the joint effects hierarchy at the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) at Al Udeid Airbase, Qatar. Since September 2004, the 19th BCD […]

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FA priorities after OIF

FA priorities after OIF – The Update Point Michael D. Maples Shortly after the conclusion of major combat operations (MCO) in Iraq, an initial Army report clearly described the tremendous impact the Field Artillery had during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF): “Artillery played a key and essential role. Every commander cited artillery as indispensable during the […]